In fact, this is just the latest effort by far left, San Francisco based liberals to infiltrate and coopt Ohio Republicans. According to their lobbying reports, the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum is simply a front for the San Francisco based Energy Foundation. Here's how Influence Watch describes the Energy Foundation:
The Energy Foundation is a left-of-center “pass through” charitable foundation founded by and supported by a network of left-wing organizations. The Foundation began in January 1991 as a $20 million collaborative between the Pew Charitable Trusts, Rockefeller Foundations, and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and has subsequently grown in partnerships and funding. The Energy Foundation describes itself as a nonpartisan “grantmaker,” with a focus on building a “new energy economy.” In reality, it is a medium for bundling vast sums of money from donors to far-left political causes, under the guise of philanthropy.
In December 2013, the Alabama Coal Association (ACA) accused several organizations of promoting a “war on coal.” The ACA cited roughly $3 million in grants given to anti-coal groups by the Energy Foundation, including the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. Federal filings show that the grant intent was “the accelerated retirement of conventional coal-fired plants.”
Don't be fooled. The Ohio Conservative Energy Forum is a liberal, San Francisco wolf in sheep clothing.